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2nd Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival

The 2nd Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival is being organized on the 3rd Anniversary of the Uttarakhand Bird watching Programme and will help attract visitors for bird watching in Kumaon region and in Uttarakhand. The Festival is a great opportunity for nature lovers, birdwatchers, photographers, students, rural tourism professionals and members of conservation and tourism organizations to learn about bird conservation and rural tourism and enjoy outdoors.

Uttarakhand Bird watching Programme was launched in February 2012 by Ecotourism Wing of the Forest Dept. Twenty-five Bird watching camps have been conducted during the last three years at 25 birding destinations in Uttarakhand. Nearly 578 forest staff, nature guides, operators, students and villagers have benefited from these camps. The First Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival organized at Asan Conservation Reserve from 5th to 9th Feb. 2014 was a huge success and received over 1200 participants. Several publications have been brought out to increase bird awareness.

The purpose of the USBF is to promote Uttarakhand as a Bird watching destination by scaling up bird guiding and bird watching activity. The specific objectives of the Second Uttarakhand Spring Bird Festival 2015 are

  • To increase awareness about birds and mobilize public support for bird conservation & solid waste management.

  • To improve bird watching skills of bird guides, rural tourism operators and researchers.

  • To promote community based tourism enterprises and provide an opportunity for networking to bird guides.

  • To promote Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve as a bird watching destination.

The IInd USBF will be organized at Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve situated close to Kaladhungi / Ramnagar in Nainital District of Uttarakhand. Guided Bird watching will be conducted at Kyari, Sitabani, Pawalgarh & Kaladhungi; the Festival activities will be conducted at the Centre for Ecotourism at Chunakhan near Bailparao. The Festival will showcase Jim Corbett Legacy as well.

The event will be organized by the Uttarakhand Forest Department in partnership with NGOs (Titli Trust, Rainbow Friends of Nature and Environment, BNHS, Waste Warriors, Corbett Gram Vikas Samiti, Asian Adventures, Welham Boys School), Govind Ballabh Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development, Wildlife Institute of India, KMVN & IHM. The Festival is being supported by Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change Govt. of India, NABARD, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation and Ajeevika.

Programme & Activities:
The IInd USBF 2015 will be inaugurated on Wednesday 4th February and culminate on Sunday 8th February 2015. The Festival will include guided bird watching, exhibition (scientific displays including demonstration of equipment and activities, rural tourism mart, vendors, food stalls, local handicrafts), bird photography and other workshops, lectures, film shows, popular activities based on birds (book reading, quiz, etc.) and cultural performances.

The Bird Checklist of Uttarakhand, Booklet on 20 Birding Hotspots of Uttarakhand and CD on Bird Sounds are being reproduced. Bulletin on Bird Festivals, Brochure for Pawalgarh CR including a map and posters and handouts on woodpeckers and Hindi version of Uttarakhand Nature Handbook will be released.

The Festival is a large scale event that will bring together, bird guides, forest staff, visitors, local community ventures, students and general public. There will be about 3000 participants. The participants will come largely from Ramnagar, Nainital and Haldwani and other parts of Uttarakhand but also Delhi, Punjab and HP as well as some foreigners.

There will be prior registration for guided Bird watching, Heritage Walks and photography workshops. Attendance at ceremonies will be through invitation only. The last date for registration will be 31st Jan 2015.

Further Information and Contact : Tel/Fax: +-91-135-2669227

Visit us : www.uttarakhandbirdfestival.in

Facebook Birding in Uttarakhand CCF Ecotourism : ccfecotourism_ua@rediffmail.com

Sanjay Sondhi : sanjay.sondhi1@gmail.com

Rajiv Bhartari : rajivbhartari@gmail.com

Goal & Objectives

To promote Uttarakhand as a global Bird watching destination by scaling up bird guiding and bird watching activity.

  • To increase awareness about birds and mobilize public support for bird conservation.

  • To provide an opportunity for networking to bird guides, birdwatchers, rural tourism practitioners & researchers.

  • To promote bird watching and rural tourism in Pawalgarh Conservation Reserve and other bird watching destinations in Uttarakhand.

Participants (apprx. 3000)

  • Bird Guides, Rural Tourism operators, Bird Tour Operators

  • Birdwatchers, Bird Photographers, Tourists

  • Schools / Institutions

  • Communities

  • Forest Dept., PAs, Resource Managers, Tourism Organizations

  • Producers, handicrafts etc.

  • Increased participation from outside State



Pawalgarh CR

Center for Ecotourism & Sustainable
Livelihoods Chunakhan

Chhoti Haldwani

BW Trails



Nature Walk


Wed. 4th Feb.



  • Workshop 1: Destination Devpt.

  • Inaug. Exhibition & Rural Tourism Mart


Thurs. 5th Feb.


Birding 1 & 2

  • Exhibition & Rural Tourism Mart

  • Workshop 2: Bird Identification.

Birding 1 & 2
Heritage 1 & 2

Fri. 6th Feb.


Birding 3

  • Exhibition & Rural Tourism Mart

  • Photography Workshop 1-(SS)

  • Workshop 3: Bird Tech & calls

  • Cultural Evening

Birding 3
Heritage Walk 3

Sat. 7th Feb.


Birding 4 & 5

  • Exhibition & Rural Tourism Mart

  • Photography Workshop 2-(AS)

  • Workshop 4: Birds & Arts

Birding 4 & 5
Heritage 4 & 5

Sun. 8th Feb.

Public Half Day

Birding 6

  • Workshop 5: Bird Ecology & Conservation

  • Exhibition

  • Closing Ceremony

Birding 6
Heritage Walk 6


Inaugural Ceremony

  • Wednesday 4th Feb. 2015 14:30 -15:30 pm

  • Chief Guest : Honourable CM Uttarakhand

  • Guest of Honour : Honb”le Minister for Forest, Govt. of Uttarakhand

  • Distinguished Guests : DG Forests GOI, Prof Asad Rehmani BNHS, Tom Alter, Minister for Tourism Punjab ?

    (Inauguration of the exhibition, key note addresses, release of UNH Hindi Edition)

Cultural Programme

  • Friday 6th Feb. 2015 17:00 -18:30 pm

  • Chief Guest : Chief Secretary Uttarakhand

Closing Ceremony

  • Sunday 8th Feb. 2015 14:30 – 15:30 pm

  • Chief Guest: Honb”le Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Uttarakhand

(Presentation of Destination Plan, mementoes to bird guides/ team leaders)

Destination Development Workshop

  • Template

  • Presentations from various destinations

  • Discussions & Suggestions

  • Initial Plans

  • Larger Project

1. Guided Birdwatching 2nd 3rd 4th & 5th day

Ten Birdwatching Trails

  • Kyari 3

  • Pawalgarh 4

  • Sitabani 2

  • Chhoti Haldwani 2

Birdwatching for 1440 participants in

  • six sessions

  • 26 Guides

  • 5 Team Leaders, 5 Site Managers

  • Chhoti Haldwani for students

2. Jim Corbett Heritage Walks

Two walks every day by Anjali Ravi & Tom Alter

  • Chhoti Haldwani Village

  • Corbett “Farmyard”

3. Exhibition on all 5 days

  • In partnership with NABARD

  • Travel Mart of 20 destinations – tour operators and rural tourism

  • Birds & Conservation, Pawalgarh CR, Bird research and Monitoring techniques (BNHS) & findings

  • Vendors (Books, souvenirs)

  • Food Stalls

  • Tourism Dept. KMVN, UTDB, Punjab, HP ?

4. Workshops & Photography


Session I
9:30 am to 11:30 am

Session II
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Wed 4th Feb.

Destination Development I
(Sanjay Sondhi & Rajiv Bhartari)

Destination Development II
(Sanjay Sondhi & Rajiv Bhartari)

Thurs 5th Feb.

Bird Identification
(Ashish Kothari , D.Mohan)

Photography Workshop I
(Sumit Sen)

Fri 6th Feb.

Bird Techniques & Calls )
(BNHS & P. Singh)

Photography Workshop II
Anup Shah & Others

Sat 7th Feb.

Birds & Arts I
(Rajiv Chanchani)

Birds & Arts II
(Bikram Grewal)

Sun 8th Feb.

Bird Habitat & Ecology
(Ghazala Shahbuddin & Raman)

Bird Conservation
(Ghazala Shahbuddin & Raman)

5. Cultural Performances

  • Dr Sonal Mansingh Friday 7th Feb. 5-6 pm

  • Chief Guest : Chief Secretary Uttarakhand

  • Other performances by Local Artists


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